Cleaning is the worst, right? There is very little I hate more than cleaning and I will admit, I’m not always great with it.
I go through phases of being right on top of it, sticking to my cleaning schedule and having a perfectly tidy and organised home. Then I get a little busy, or simply decide spending that time with my girls is far better time spent. Great until the cleaning all gets a little out of hand and becomes a far bigger job that it needed to be.
Over the years I have developed a few methods to reduce the bore and make cleaning fun. Maybe not the kind of fun you want to be having, but any type of improvement on cleaning is a bonus!
5 WAYS TO MAKE CLEANING FUN
Music is such a great mood enhancer. No matter what you are doing, adding some upbeat tunes that you love can really improve the situation.
When you clean, pop on some energetic music or whatever tunes get you in a good mood normally. You can even step it up a notch and do a bit of dancing with your mop, while you work.
2. Set Goals
I have a rather competitive nature. I like to see progress and hit new achievements, so as amusing as it may sound, one way I make cleaning fun is by setting myself some goals, which then give me that little boost when I finish them.
For me, a super simple idea that works is keeping a digital to do list. I enter everything that needs to be done, then as I complete a cleaning task, I can remove it from my list. Seeing the list shrink makes me happy (and also makes me sound a little lame).
3. Challenge Yourself
This one essentially builds on the goal setting. But instead of just aiming to get things done, why not add a little excitement to it.
Set yourself challenges with your cleaning tasks to motivate you to get into it and get it done. Things like folding the ironing in under 5 minutes. Or consider wearing a pedometer and challenge yourself to make a certain number of steps during your cleaning activities, either to see if you can do it in as few steps as possible to make the job quicker, or working at reaching your daily 10,000 steps by getting as many as you can.
It’s the little things!
4. Get the Family Involved
As much as they will probably be very unimpressed with you, having your family help with cleaning tasks can make them a lot more fun.
Get your toddler cleaning windows like I did – she volunteered. Or have a conversation while you help one another clean the kitchen. Your cleaning time could double as family bonding time, and make you a lot less resentful next time you are picking up after your kids yet again!
5. The Right Tools
We all know things are better when we have the right things at our disposal. Make sure you have good quality products that are easy to use. As boring as that sounds, it will help make your cleaning more fun… or at least a little less horrible. My current essentials include my Norwex mop and my LG CordZero Cannister Vacuum cleaner. I don’t really know how I managed before they came into my life, but I’m so happy they did. Otherwise I am known for using baby wipes a lot…
But seriously, having good habits to prevent your home getting too messy or grubby can really help reduce that cleaning time, not to mention having a clutter free home. While these things can cut down cleaning time dramatically, sadly there will always be cleaning to be done so we might as well make cleaning fun!
Here are some of my favourite cleaning and decluttering posts:
- 7 Ways to reduce cleaning time at home
- A Guide to DIY natural cleaning products
- The Complete Simplify My Life challenge listing
- How to avoid feeling overwhelmed by decluttering